Jeff began folding origami at the age of 7. A childhood fascination with animals and a house full of scrap paper led to a great deal of excitement when he realized he could create his own animal figures simply by folding paper. He bought a number of origami books and frequently folded while traveling on family trips and in his spare time, mostly focusing on representational models of animals as well as traditional and simple models.
- Jeff began working and teaching at Taro’s Origami Studio in 2014 as a teacher and staff member. He has loved being part of Taro’s staff and community of folders of all ages and levels. Taro’s Origami Teaching Method is similar to learning a martial art. It focuses on the mastery of basic folds and maneuvers, called “kata,” and students progress through the different skill levels, called “kyus,” as they work on more advanced models. It is not the complexity of the model that matters, but the precision and care put into the folding.
- Jeff teaches origami workshops and lessons, group and private, independently and through Taro’s Origami Studio. Origami encourages creativity while building focus, has unlimited creative possibilities, and is a great hobby to start at any age.
In addition to teaching, Jeff works as an origami artist. He has folded models for media use and as live entertainment at corporate events and parties. Jeff enjoys crafting his models with the same eye for dynamic contour and character that he brings to his theatre work, and has a passion for empowering the inner artist through teaching.
Jeff is available for teaching in person or remotely (Skype, FaceTime, Viber) as well as artist work. Feel free to contact him directly for his own Origami Teaching and Artist Rates, or check out Taro’s Origami Studio for more information about Taro’s Method.
Some models I’ve folded (including a couple original designs) and pictures of me in action: